INDONESIA AGAIN REJECTS SINGAPORE’S OFFER TO HELP FIGHT FOREST FIRES

During a meeting in Jakarta to discuss the haze issue, Indonesian officials told the Singapore delegation that they had enough resources to fight the forest fires and does not need Singapore’s assistance at this time.

The meeting was attended by a team of Singapore officials, led by Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) Choi Shing Kwok. The meeting was set up at Indonesia’s invitation.

Singapore repeated its offer of assistance including the sending of one Chinook helicopter to conduct water bombing and one C-130 aircraft for cloud-seeding operations. However, Indonesia stood firm and said it had enough resources to deal with the fires.

However, Indonesia clarified that it had enough resources of its own and did not need to call on the assistance offered by Singapore at this time, the ministry said.

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